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high courtround-up Private colleges told not to collect excess amount from petitioners

  • 100 medical students, who joined MBBS in 2004, filed petition against increase in fee from 2005-06
  • Students should not be compelled to pay more

    BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Monday directed the managements of some private medical colleges in the State to collect Rs. 2.90 lakh as fees from students studying medicine under the management quota.

    A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Justice N.K. Patil passed the order on petitions by several students challenging the decision of the colleges in asking them to pay fees in excess of the amount fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee.

    Over 100 students moved the court against what they alleged was arbitrary decision of the managements in asking them to pay Rs. 3.90 lakh as fees.

    The students said they had joined the MBBS course in 2004 and that the fee applicable to them had been fixed by the then Fee Fixation Committee headed by Justice A.B. Murgod. This fee was set aside and the Government and the managements entered into consensual agreement on the fee fixation for professional courses.

    The students said they had paid Rs. 3.70 lakh as fees for 2004-05 and 2005-06.

    In its order, the Bench said the students had not challenged the September 9, 2004 notification on the fee fixation.

    During the pendency of their writ, the students were asked to pay Rs. 1.60 lakh and they were told that they would have to pay the differential amount fixed by the committee. It said the students had paid the fees for 2004-05 and 2005-06. The Bench said it was of the view that the students should not be made to pay Rs. 3.70 lakh from 2007. As far as the academic year 2005-06 was concerned, it said the fee paid should be Rs. 2.70 lakh. For 2006-07, it fixed Rs. 2.90 lakh as the fees.

    It said the students should not be compelled to pay more than Rs. 2.90 lakh as fees.

    The Bench made it clear that this would be subject to final decision and asked the students to give an undertaking in this regard.

    Notice

    The High Court on Monday ordered issue of notices to the State Government and the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and ordered status quo on several petitions alleging discrimination in acquisition of land for the formation of Arkavathy Layout. Justice Mohan Shantanagouder, who heard a batch of petitions in this regard, ordered the BDA and the petitioners to maintain status quo for four weeks and adjourned further hearing on the case.

    Several landowners had moved the High Court challenging the order of BDA Commissioner.

    Hi-tech city

    Justice Mohan Shantanagouder on Monday adjourned by six weeks hearing on petitions challenging the acquisition of land for the Hi-tech city in Bangalore.

    The petitioners had contended that the acquisition of their land was bad in the law and that it was discriminatory. The court took note of the BDA's submission and adjourned further hearing by six weeks.

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